Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) leader and Tuirial MLA Andrew H. Thangliana passed away in a hospital at Aizawl on Tuesday.

He was 43.

Ebenezer Medical Centre managing director Dr. Vanlalsiama said Thangliana died due to several complications, including liver failure and heart attack.

He said the first-time legislator was admitted to the hospital on August 5 and was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as his condition deteriorated on August 12.

His condition further deteriorated from August 16 as he had a heart attack and he was on ventilator support, Vanlalsiama said.

The MLA finally succumbed to his ailments at around 6:35 am on Tuesday, Dr. Vanlalsiama said.

Family sources said Thangliana was admitted to a state-run civil hospital in Aizawl on July 21 when CT Scan result showed a lump in his liver.

On August 12, he was shifted to Ebenezer Medical Centre to be under the care of doctors, who knew his health condition from the past, the sources said.

The ZPM leader developed poor health since his childhood, it said.

Born in October 1977, Thangliana was brought up in Aizawl.

He lost his father, Sameul H. Thangliana at the age of 19 in 1996 and mother C. Lalhmingliani in 2014.

He completed his higher secondary school in science stream from Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu and later joined Ramjas College under Delhi University to pursue higher studies (BA).

However, he had to leave the college in his final year as he suffered from certain illnesses.

Thangliana entered into active politics in 2017 and joined the erstwhile Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP), founded by a resigned IPS officer and sitting ZPM legislator Lalduhoma.

In the same year, the ZNP along with other minor parties formed an alliance, which was named Zoram People’s Movement (ZMP).

The alliance was later converted into a political party and finally obtained a party registration from the Election Commission of India in July 2019 eight months after the State Assembly polls in November 2018.

During the 2018 Assembly polls, a political novice, Thangliana was named as a candidate of the ZPM for the Tuirial seat but had to contest as independent as the ZPM was yet to obtain party registration at that time.

He defeated his nearest opponent Sailothanga Sailo of Mizo National Front (MNF) by a margin of 204 votes and former legislator from the constituency Hmingdailova Khiangte, who contested on National People’s Party (NPP) ticket after his resignation from the membership of the state legislature and Congress just 2 months ahead of the Assembly polls, by 3,178 margin votes.

Thangliana is survived by his wife and three children.

He was laid to rest at his locality in Aizawl’s Chawlhhmun on Tuesday afternoon.

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